We have the following sad news:
I am very sad to inform you of the death of my beloved father Michael John William Chappell BEM (22812814), who passed away peacefully in hospital in France on 10 Aug 20, of natural causes at the age of 85. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Chappell. Born to an Army family in Aldershot on 14 Sep 1934 he enlisted initially into the Royal Hampshires on 1 July 1952 and saw service with them in the BAOR and then Malaya between 1953 and 1955. He left the Army for a few weeks in 1955, but rejoined and remustered into the Glosters on 15 August 1955 seeing service in the UK, Cyprus, BAOR, Swaziland, Berlin and Northern Ireland. His last tour was as RSM of 1 Wessex. Mike held the GSM with Clasps Malaya and Cyprus and the CSM62 with Clasps Cyprus 63-64 and Northern Ireland. He was awarded the BEM (civil) in 2014 for Service to British Military History as an Illustrator and Author having illustrated and written over 100 books. This was his second career when he left the Army and he loved being able to combine his two great passions in life, the Army and illustrating.
He was immensely proud of his service in the Infantry and in the Glosters, particularly his last active service tours in NI in 69 and 70 and like all old soldiers loved to talk about his time as a soldier. I remember the regimental family fondly and the good times we had with tours like Berlin as young children. Bucking the Army trend I opted for a career in the RAF and am still serving on FTRS. My brother initially joined the TA (10 Para) then emigrated to the US where he became an SNCO in the US National Guard full time, retiring last year. We both caught the military bug from time spent hanging around Dad and the Army.
We will miss him greatly. Luckily he was in relatively good health until the last few months of his life and had enjoyed living in the sun in southern France for the past 16 years. He will be cremated in Carcassone on 14 Aug and we intend to scatter his ashes in France at a later date when my Brother and his family can get over from the US when CV19 has ended.
Wing Commander J Chappell MBE AE VR